Musicology in the Bard Music Program is devoted to learning the repertoire of a thousand years’ worth of music in relation to its social context. The base of the musicology curriculum is a four-semester sequence covering the history of music: Medieval and Renaissance; Baroque and Classical; Romantic; and Music since 1910.
Musicology offers specialized courses, which in recent years have included Mozart and His World; Music in Shakespeare / Shakespeare in Music; Music and Politics through the Ages; Mozart’s Operas and the Enlightenment; Beethoven and His World; Debussy and Ravel; The Interaction between Music and Film; Bartók and Stravinsky; Gustav Mahler and His World; Death Set to Music; High and Low / Tensions and Agreements; and many others.
Faculty teaching in Musicology include:
James Bagwell (chair) – choral conducting and history
Leon Botstein – music history
Kyle Gann – music theory and composition
Christopher H. Gibbs – music history
Peter Laki – music history